ODU RN-BSN

  1. Hi! I was just admitted to RN to BSN online program at Old Dominion University (ODU) and will be starting this fall (August 2018). What are your experiences working during this program? The school recommends a part time course load for RNs who are working full time, but I really want to finish in 3 semesters (around 13 credits per term). Have any of you successfully worked 3-4 12h shifts/week while taking a full BSN course load? I was thinking I could work 3 days in a row and spend my other 4 days on schoolwork. Realistically, I'll probably work 3 days in a row, sleep the next day, then work on schoolwork the following 3 days. Were any of you able to maintain both your GPA and work performance? What are your recommendations?

    Thank you!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   PVCCHoo
    You could totally do this if you wanted to.

    I did the program over two years (6 semesters) including summers while also working full time and enrolled in a full time ADN program.

    It's all pretty much timed so most assignments are due on Sunday nights with message board posts during the week thrown in as well.

    It was only 30 credits total for me so it was one or two additional classes on top of everything I else I had going on. I did almost all the work on the Sundays it was due.
  4. by   FutureMSN-FNP
    Quote from PVCCHoo
    You could totally do this if you wanted to.

    I did the program over two years (6 semesters) including summers while also working full time and enrolled in a full time ADN program.

    It's all pretty much timed so most assignments are due on Sunday nights with message board posts during the week thrown in as well.

    It was only 30 credits total for me so it was one or two additional classes on top of everything I else I had going on. I did almost all the work on the Sundays it was due.
    Thank you so much! That helps a lot!
  5. by   blb28
    We're all the classes 16 weeks in length? Did you have flexibility in how many classes you took each semester? It sounds like you did the concurrent program...was it hard to get into?
  6. by   PVCCHoo
    I think they were all about a regular length. Maybe less in summer. They outlined an order to do them in that I just went with it. Others forgot to sign up on time and wound up switching them around. I think you can pretty much do whatever you want.

    Yes. I did the concurrent program and already had a bachelors degree, so besides having to take 2 semesters of Chemistry (I think it is only one now), I only had to do the 30 credits.

    As for getting in, it was automatic for anyone enrolled in a VA community college ADN program. I doubt it is too hard for the traditional bridge program either. In general, ODU has a very high acceptance rate.

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